Friday, December 19, 2008

A focused twenty minutes

So okay. I haven't been writing much this week. Or even this month. I did make a deliberate decision to lay off the book for a bit but this has drifted into bad stuff--not writing because I'm afraid of failing, not writing because I'm discouraged about rejections, not writing because I'd rather stare at my tree and eat fudge.

My friend Laura Torres, who always had a busy career in addition to her writing life, used to say it's amazing what you can get done if you just write with focus for twenty minutes every day. So I need to re-commit to that idea. That's on my To Do list today. RE-COMMIT.

So that's what I'm going to do today. Re-commit. Also buy Christmas presents for my kids, including a Jimi Hendrix wah peddle and a Where the Wild Things Are t-shirt for my youngest son. I can post stuff like that here because my kids never read this.

5 comments:

Kerry said...

my method: write a sentence, get an m&m; write a second sentence, get TWO m&m's; write a third sentence, get THREE m&m's... amazingly effective. ;-)

Lisa B. said...

This seems like a very good strategy. What does it say about me that I find it very, very, very very very very hard to focus for even twenty minutes, TWENTY MINUTES, for the love of God.

Emma J said...

it encourages me that you feel that fear of failure - so what do you do? Wait until it passes? Close your eyes and write past it as fast as you can?

whirligigdaisy said...

If you were rejected (post below) then is there any hope for the rest of us??? Ever. Mmmm. Maybe if I could focus as well. It's a terrible time of the year to focus. I like Kerry's idea. And for what it's worth, I love your writing.

Ann said...

Oh there's hope, Whirligigdaisy! We're in a down time right now. But I remain convinced that if you keep doing the work, good things will happen.